Several weeks ago, librarian Jeanna Bassett came in to Concordia Elementary School to find the LEGO Star Wars collection that she displayed there had been vandalised. The LEGO Star Wars sets were on display to help inspire children in the school, located in San Clemente, California, USA. Fans’ hearts went out to the teacher, as they had a unique understanding of how devastated she must have felt.
Thankfully, the LEGO community is a place full of caring, positive people – AFOLs in Southern California would not let Jeanna go unaided in rebuilding her collection. Jason Petrasich, Ambassador for Orange County LEGO User Group, has shared the story of how fans organised to do something really positive.
Members from OCLUG, LUGOLA, SanDLUG, LBLUG and the costuming group the 501st Legion came together to help. They assessed the damage, then some builders took on models one a time while others sorted pieces. It took three full days at the school, with between 25 and 35 AFOLs helping each day to rebuild most of the sets.
In addition to the rebuilding effort, moved fans and local residents had donated LEGO Star Wars to the Jeanna’s collection, and the Orange County Goodwill donated a built 75192 Millennium Falcon. The LEGO Group donated a LEGO Star Wars VIP card.
To cap off the event, last Friday the school’s principal revealed the results to students to demonstrate the power of community. “No matter how bad your day starts, there is always someone that cares about you,” was the message that Principal McKane wanted to get across.
For the full first hand account of how the AFOLs came together to help in this situation, Jason’s full account is available to read.
Graham was the BrickFanatics.com Editor up until November 2020. He has plenty of experience working on LEGO related projects. He has contributed to various websites and publications on topics including niche hobbies, the toy industry and education.
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